This month’s WIN Breakfast Meeting is Friday, February 23. This event will be held at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa.
The buffet opens at 7 a.m., with the program running from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. The entrance fee is $30 for non-members and $15 for members who do not have the Pre-Paid membership. Tickets will be available for online purchase the month of the event, OR attendees can pay at the door.
This month’s Breakfast Sponsor is:
This month WIN presents:
Rocky Bleier, ‘Fighting Back: Success in the New American Century’
Rocky Bleier’s life story – a gripping tale of courage on both the football fields of America and the battle fields of Vietnam – has held audiences in rapt attention for years. Yet, the motivational message behind it, detailing how ordinary people can become extraordinary achievers, defines success in the new American century.
Not falling within the ideal of what a running back should look like, Bleier had to run harder and play smarter to be able to stand out. Despite his drive and ability to make the big play, the Pittsburgh Steelers only considered him a late round pick. But before the season ended that first year, he was drafted again…this time by the United States Army. At the height of the Vietnam War, Bleier was thrust into combat early and was seriously wounded when his platoon ran into an ambush. Receiving wounds from both rifle fire and grenade fragments in his legs, he was barely able to walk and his professional football career seemed to have ended before it began.
After earning a bronze star and a purple heart for his courageous service, Rocky drove himself for more than two years. Little by little he overcame obstacles and fought his way back. He not only made the Pittsburgh Steelers, but also eventually earned a spot as the starting running back on a team that won four Super Bowls and became the greatest football team of the 20th century. In fact, during the 1976 season, he and Franco Harris became the second pair of running backs from the same team to gain 1000 yards in the same season.
The hard lessons Rocky Bleier learned early in his life that helped him overcome adversity and reach his goals, have paid off after football. Some of those lessons are seen between the lines in the popular book on his life, “Fighting Back,” and an ABC-TV movie of the week by the same name.